Interview with Robert J. W.

What's the story behind your latest book?
I started writing micropoetry a few years back. It's a great way to express emotion in a quick, punchy way. Very quick catharsis. Coffee and Anti-Psychotics is a collection of my favorite ones.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 16. The seeds were planted before that, though. When I was first diagnosed with depression (around 14 years old), I played this game called Max Payne.The title character's inner monologue was beautiful and tinged with pain and really resonated with me. After that, I wanted to create similar works.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a neighborhood called Stonewood Forest. I called it "the suburban ghetto" because it definitely was a suburb but almost everyone that lived there was poor. Some times there were great and some were terrible. All of of my life experiences have influenced my writing and this is no exception. A lot of my book, Houses I've Died In, are about that neighborhood.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many. Albert Camus, Charles Bukowski, Henry Rollins, Anne Sexton, Nicole Krauss, Andersen Prunty. Sam Pink, William S. Burroughs, Ted Hughes, Keith Buckley, Haruki Murakami, Kurt Vonnegut, D. Harlan Wilson, Carlton Mellick III,..lots more
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read fiction and poetry that has a purpose. Philosophical novels and poems. I like books that make me think and question what I know. Autobiographical works also pique my interest. I love to hear other people's stories. That's why I write confessional poetry. Finally, I like works that are beautifully written. Dense prose and poetry. I like writing to take me to both gorgeous and ugly places.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Android phone. There's a lovely app called Moon Reader that is excellent for reading ebooks. High customization and support for backups.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Going through publishers is a very painful and draining experience. With indie publishing, you don't have to deal with rejection letters because your writing doesn't fit in. There's no wait time and you don't have to answer to anyone.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Like said previously, catharsis. It's a great way tor release negative emotion.
What do your fans mean to you?
Anyone who has supported my crazy endeavor over the years and has put up with my mental meltdowns and occasional bitterness means the world to me. Nothing comes close to the feeling of having people stick with you through thick and thin and to appreciate what you give to the world.
What are you working on next?
A collection of really intense poetry about mental illness influenced by grindcore and screamo music. It's going to be called Grind Poetry. Also working on a collection of bizarro fiction and possibly an anti-Trump poetry collection.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Looking face to face at the absurdity of life and giving it the finger.
Published 2016-11-11.
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Books by This Author

Coffee and Antipsychotics
Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
At times both absurd and romantic, Robert's free collection of dark micro poetry will take you on a journey exposing the seedier aspects of mental illness, politics, and love.